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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 06:47 AM

Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU

From Natalie NougayrŤde in The Guardian:

Mike Pompeoís wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the unionís very existence, and part of a wider ideological battle

The Trump administration not only dislikes the European Union, it is out to destroy it. The trip by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Europe last week was episode three of the onslaught, designed to play on east-west divisions within the EU. Episode one was Donald Trumpís 2017 Warsaw speech, infused with nativist nationalism. Episode two was Trumpís 2018 moves on tariffs, and his tearing up of key agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. To which should be added his open encouragements to Brexiteers, and his decision to pull out of Syria. All of the above affect European (including British) interests in very concrete ways, unlike mere tweets or insults thrown at allies.

Europe is trying to put up a resistance. Angela Merkel, Trumpís favourite political target in the EU, received a standing ovation on Saturday at the annual Munich security conference for her speech on the virtues of multilateralism. But perhaps we have yet to fully fathom what the EU is dealing with in this new Trump era. The man now whispering into Trumpís ears is John Bolton, his national security adviser. His brand of anti-EU ideology was on full display during Pompeoís tour of Budapest, Bratislava and Warsaw.

Pompeo has done two significant things. First, he in effect took possession of this yearís 30th-anniversary celebrations of the fall of communism in eastern Europe by waxing lyrical on US closeness to nations that fought for their freedom Ė all the while giving a free pass to rightwing populist governments that the EU has put on notice for their democratic backsliding. Second, through his choice of destinations, Pompeo amplified divisions between countries formerly behind the iron curtain and those that werenít. This astutely plays on sensitivities, manipulated by demagogues, that have marred the EUís capacity to unite in recent years.

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/18/trump-pompeo-bolton-eu-eastern-european-states




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Response to arenean (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:59 AM

1. No mention of putin's interests?

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Response to arenean (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:01 AM

2. Short answer: Putin wants him to. The End.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 02:12 AM

4. +1000

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Response to arenean (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:59 PM

3. This has been Putin's goal for years.

His desire to disrupt all Western democracies will not be stopped until there is NO democracy left in the world.

He has targeted the EU, UN, NATO, ANZUS, even OPEC.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:31 AM

5. Kick

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